To the Survivors
One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence
By Robert Uttaro
Genre: Self-Help, Personal Transformation, Mental Health, Self-Help Abuse and Spirituality/Personal Growth, Christianity, Education & Teaching, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, and Women’s Studies
To the Survivors is a deeply-moving, empowering, and brutally honest book about one man’s journey as a rape crisis counselor combined with true stories of sexual violence shared by real survivors in their own words. Gently and beautifully constructed, To the Survivors is moving, tender, sharp, and piercingly true all at once. The reader will encounter uncensored written stories, poems, and interviews shared by women, men, and one transgendered person who have been raped and sexually assaulted. The impact of this work is far reaching – it is multi-cultural, multi-generational, and fully expansive in its ability to reach people’s hearts and minds around this critical human issue. Robert Uttaro believes anyone can benefit from the words in these pages; rape survivor or not.
Praise for To the Survivors:
“Rape counselor Uttaro draws upon his years of experience to warn that sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people suspect, and provides a moving series of survivor stories. Uttaro persuasively argues that each survivor’s story is unique–and this militates one-size-fits-all advice. The surprising revelations of the survivors Uttaro interviews corroborate his claim that justice is an individual concept that depends on what redress survivors seek. Uttaro’s assurances that survivors are not defined by sexual abuse offer the possibility of a positive resolution. This book is both informative for the general public and supportive for those who have suffered sexual abuse. It is hard to imagine that members of either group will not gain from reading it.” – From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“An engaging examination of a painful subject, with a focus on healing and forgiveness.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Compassionate advice…Quite Moving.” – Kirkus Reviews
“To the Survivors weaves together many candid accounts to form a brave and alarming exposé of assault. It is a worthwhile, eye-opening project.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Uttaro’s interviewees effectively convey that, though assault is not a light topic, it’s one with which too many are intimately familiar.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Survivors should be heard without judgment and given space to pursue recovery as they best see fit.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews
“The book stands to offer a safe space for those who’ve suffered assault and are exploring next steps.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews
About the Author:
Robert Uttaro currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is in his seventh year of working and volunteering as a rape crisis counselor, public speaker and community educator. Inspired by his undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice, he continues to embrace a life-long commitment to activism and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. Serving as a counselor, Uttaro supports rape survivors and their significant others through various legal and case management issues. He also facilitates workshops aimed at education, prevention and exposure of the realities of sexual violence.
Uttaro is currently touring many universities and high schools throughout Massachusetts. A recent significant blessing for Uttaro was the opportunity to address soldiers of the United States Army at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia.
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